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Annas (also Ananus or Ananias; Hebrew: חָנָן, khanán; Koinē Greek: Ἅννας, Hánnas; 23/22 BC – death date unknown, probably around AD 40) was appointed by the Roman legate Quirinius as the first High Priest of the newly formed Roman province of Judaea in AD 6 – just after the Romans had deposed Archelaus, Ethnarch of Judaea, thereby putting Judaea directly under Roman rule. Annas appears in the Gospels and Passion plays as a high priest before whom Jesus is brought for judgment, prior to being brought before Pontius Pilate. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Annas has received more than 378,354 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Annas is the 512th most popular religious figure (down from 483rd in 2019), the 72nd most popular biography from Israel (up from 73rd in 2019) and the 33rd most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Annas is most famous for being the high priest who presided over the trial of Jesus.

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    Effective Languages (L*)

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Among religious figures, Annas ranks 512 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Victor I, Abdullah ibn Umar, Charles de Foucauld, Mary of Egypt, Pope Nicholas II, and Pope John II. After him are Saint Boniface, Pope Stephen VII, Alphonsus Liguori, Simeon, Ja'far ibn Abi Talib, and John Wesley.

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Among people born in 22 BC, Annas ranks 1 Among people deceased in 66, Annas ranks 3Before him are Paul the Apostle and Petronius. After him are Claudia Antonia and Publius Clodius Thrasea Paetus.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Annas ranks 72 out of 430Before him are Haggai (-550), Jehoiakim (-634), Jeconiah (-700), Ahmed Yassin (1937), Amon of Judah (-660), and Uzziah (-900). After him are Ehud Olmert (1945), Simeon (null), Jehoash of Judah (-843), Rabbi Akiva (50), Ada Yonath (1939), and Penitent thief (-18).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Annas ranks 33Before him are James, son of Alphaeus (-10), Barabbas (1), Micah (-737), Joel (-1), Nehemiah (-490), and Ahmed Yassin (1937). After him are Simeon (null), Rabbi Akiva (50), Penitent thief (-18), Pope Theodore I (600), Nicodemus (-50), and Epiphanius of Salamis (315).